The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)

Members of a Spanish trade union  tear up sheets of paper printed with the cover of the book “Get Married and Be Submissive”, by Italian author Costanza Miriano. Photograph:  Vincent West/Reuters

For a few heady days it was flying off the shelves faster than any other book in Spain and it has been sitting near the top of the country’s bestselle(...)